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THE JAZZ SINGER (article first published : 2006-01-19)

Neil Leslie Diamond was born in Brooklyn 1941 to a poor Jewish family. In 1966 he wrote a song which would rocket up to No.1 on the billboards and stay there longer than any other song that year. The song was Im a Believer and the artists were The Monkeys. Instantly this young Jewish boy had established himself as a major recording artist.

Now with over 40 albums to his name and over 110 million record sales world wide, he is still, at the age of 65, the third biggest seller of live concert tickets world wide, behind The Eagles and U2.

We felt it was time to truly recognise the song-writing talent that is the genius we know as Neil Diamond, says Gary McKenzie of the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest.

The tribute features many of his hit records such as, Sweet Caroline, Solitary Man, Porcupine Pie, Red Red Wine, Morningside, Song Sung Blue, Cracklin' Rosie, Holly Holy as well as others he wrote for movies like Hello Again, Love on The Rocks, Skybird and Song Sung Blue.

In 1984 at the age of 43, Neil was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, entertained the president at the White House, and waltzed with the late Princess Diana.

The Jazz Singer features Barry Thompson on guitar and Mally Sewell on drums with Glen Turrell on bass. It will be fronted by Grant Bell, of The Gee Jays fame, and Wallace Knock. Musical direction is by Dawn Selby.

The show runs from January 24 until February 26, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h00 (meal) for 20h30 (show) and Sunday lunchtime specials at 12h30 (lunch) for 14h00 (show), Tickets R150 (R120 Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes) include the meal and show.

There will be four low price previews from January 19 to 22 at R120 per head which includes a two course meal. Booking on 031 765 4197 or at Computicket.




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